Following a redesign for the 2011 model year, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan carries over essentially unchanged, with only minor updates to trim level packaging. Its $20,995 starting base price makes it the cheapest full-sized minivan and critics agree that it delivers commendable performance by most measures.
Reviewers agree that the substantial revisions from 2011 greatly improved the Grand Caravan's competitiveness. Interior quality, increased power from the new 3.6-liter V6 engine and improved suspension tuning were a few of the welcomed updates.
As before, experts rave about the "Stow ‘n' Go" seating option that allows second- and third-row seats to easily fold flat into the floor or open up for a cavernous 143.8 cubic feet of storage.
Many reviewers go on to say that the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, while competent, lacks the level of polish and sophistication found in the highest-rated minivans, the 2012 Honda Odyssey (Base MSRP: $28,225 to $43,675) and the 2012 Toyota Sienna (Base MSRP: $25,060 to $40,570) . Mediocre fuel economy and some reliability questions also prevent it from ranking ahead of these more expensive models. As a budget choice, however, the Grand Caravan is a compelling pick.
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
- 17 mpg city
- 25 mpg highway
- 20 mpg combined
NHTSA Safety Ratings
- Front Impact: 4 stars
- Side Impact: 5 stars
- Rollover Resistance: 4 stars
- Overall: 4 stars
IIHS Safety Ratings
- Front Offset Impact: Good
- Side Impact: Good
- Roof Strength: Good
- Named 2012 Top Safety Pick
For additional details, see our 2011 review
Because the 2012 model is fundamentally unchanged from last year's redesign, please visit our comprehensive report on the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan for complete details and analysis of what the experts are saying about this minivan.
Edmunds.com editors include first-hand driving impressions and list the pros and cons of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. Edmunds.com's detailed overviews are also excellent sources for easy-to-follow year-to-year model changes.
Review: 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, Editors of Edmunds.com
The Dodge Grand Caravan received significant mechanical and cosmetic updates in 2011 and, therefore, carries over unchanged into 2012. Reviewer opinions of the 2011 model in this detailed summary also apply to the 2012 model.
Review: 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, June 2011
The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan gets 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg combined, according to official EPA estimates, which trails the best-reviewed minivans overall.
Review: 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency
In government crash tests, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan gets an overall crash protection rating of 4 stars out of 5. Keep in mind that due to revisions in 2011 of the crash-test guidelines, results for model years 2011 and 2012 cannot be compared to results for earlier model years.
Review: 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan as a Top Safety Pick after it conducts its own independent crash tests. This means the Grand Caravan scored the highest rating
Review: Dodge Grand Caravan, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety